Shakespeare for One: Men : the Complete Monologues and Audition Pieces
At some point in their careers, all actors have to face the task of working up a classical monologue&3151;preferably one that's accessible, compelling, and not done to death. This volume collects virtually all of the monologues for men from Shakespeare's 37 plays. Not only actors, but directors and teachers, too, will find this book a treasure trove of the famous soliloquies plus many unfamiliar gems.
Arranged alphabetically by play title, the monologues are presented in an actor-friendly format, beginning with a thumbnail sketch of the story's key developments and a streamlined cast of characters. Exhaustive explanatory notes offer up a wealth of helpful tips-from definitions of archaic words and expressions to comments on both setting and accompanying action. Appendixes include a list of the monologues by length and an authoritative guide to pronunciation of names and places-invaluable for experienced actors, absolutely essential for the novice.
Whether you're preparing for your first or your fiftieth audition, you won't want to go solo without Shakespeare for One.
Newell's companion volume of monologues for women, Shakespeare for One: Women, is also available.
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5 10 Leave wringing of your hands . Peace , sit you down , And let me wring your heart , for so I shall , If it be made of penetrable stuff , If damned custom have not braz'd it so That it be proof and bulwark against sense .
MEASURE FOR MEASURE Duke Vincentio has made known his intention to leave Vienna and turn control of the city over to his deputy , Angelo . But in fact , it's all a ruse . After merely pretending to leave town , the Duke adopts the guise ...
5 10 15 To leave my Julia , shall I be forsworn ; To love fair Silvia , shall I be forsworn ; To wrong my friend , I shall be much forsworn . And ev'n that pow'r which gave me first my oath Provokes me to this threefold perjury .